aright, i was wondering if someone could help me out.
I have two friends, both are very depressed. One of them has tried to kill himself a couple times, and if his roommate hadnt found him, he would be dead right now. I have been trying my hardest to get them to go to counseling and therapy. its even free at the university i go to. they REFUSE to go and get help.
what can i do or say that will make them start getting help? ive tried a handful of things to get them to go seek help, but they just wont.
i dont think having them institutionalized is the right thing because ive seen that make things a lot worse for a number of different people. they start to label themselves as a mental patient, they get ashamed and embarrased, and they can become even more hopeless if they are locked up and monitored. being monitored in a psychiatric ward often puts people over the edge.